Friday, November 21, 2014By Alexandra Zakreski Yesterday it was reported that Iranian-Canadian “Blogfather” Hossein Derakhshan has been released from Evin prison, and is now at home in Tehran. According to a message from an unnamed family member, Derakhshan was pardoned and released by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday, November 19. Derakhshan does not currently have plans to return to Canada and it is unclear whether he will still be forced to comply with the five-year ban on political and journalistic activities that he was scheduled to serve upon his release. 2010/2011 Review of Free Expression in Canada. Last month CJFE marked the fourth anniversary of Derakhshan’s sentencing, expecting that he would be forced to serve out the remaining 13 years of his 17 sentence. CJFE welcomes this unexpected development, and urges the Iranian government to free the countless other political prisoners detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression and opinion.
Alexandra Zakreski is CJFE’s International Programs Coordinator
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